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Sutton Foster Debuts ‘Timely’ Song That Made Her Cry from Composer Georgia Stitt’s Album — Listen

March 30, 2020
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Sutton Foster is lending her voice to a new album of originals by musical theater composer Georgia Stitt, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen.

The two-time Tony winner and Younger star sings “Stop,” an inspirational ballad about the strength one can learn when taking a pause in life — a fitting tune, seeing as Americans are currently staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) amid the global pandemic.

“When Georgia asked me to sing on her album I said yes without hesitation. And how ironic and perfect that the song she chose for me to sing was the exact song I needed to be singing; the exact words I needed to be saying,” Foster, 45, tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“At the end of one of our takes… repeating the words ‘stop’ ‘stop’ — I started to cry,” Foster recalls.

Read more and listen to the whole song HERE.

Maestra Opening Number

March 4, 2020
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Maestra is having our very first fundraiser, Monday, March 30th, at SubCulture in NYC, and we’d love for you to join us!

Tickets and more information available HERE. Thanks!

Season of the Female Music Director

December 18, 2018
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Last year, composer and music director Georgia Stitt founded Maestra, which she described as a “community of female composers and music directors working in the theatre industry,” after a woman approached her at New Year’s Eve concert asking for career advice. Stitt and a few composer colleagues invited the woman to come have lunch with them. Realizing how meaningful it was for this woman to interact with other women in the music industry, Stitt went home came up with a list of all the female composers she knew. Initially she invited about 20 or 30 women to a party, and it organically expanded from there. “The group kept growing,” Stitt recalled. “They seemed so grateful to have access to each other and to be in this social space where they weren’t competing with each other.”

The Maestra group now meets regularly at New York SongSpace, where they often host industry guest speakers, ranging from music copyists to Broadway producers. “It shows we’re actually providing a service and we’ve built a community,” observed Stitt. For those who do not live in New York, Stitt has built a community online, as well. Tired of seeing Facebook posts about people struggling to find female music directors, Stitt decided to create her own archive of women who music direct. She started by writing her own Facebook thread, asking friends, and friends of friends, to tag female music directors. Like the main Maestra group, the list of music directors grew exponentially. Maestra MDs, an offshoot Facebook group for female music directors all across the country, currently has over 400 members. “I think it’s just seeing a need for that opportunity, understanding where you have the power to create opportunity for someone else, and then just making it,” Stitt said.

Read the entire article HERE.

Georgia Stitt, Charl Brown, and More Join Houses on the Moon Gala

October 26, 2018
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Houses on the Moon Theater Company will honor those that champion the unheard voice: award-winning producer, director and choreographer Warren Adams and celebrate immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir and The New Sanctuary Coalition with the 2018 Leyton Award at the 6th Annual Benefit Fundraiser “Amplify 2018” hosted by Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon who will be joined by guest performers Charl Brown, Marcus Choi, Liisi LaFontaine, Mariand Torres, and Derrick Williams with Ross Baum, Joseph Joubert and Georgia Stitt on Monday evening, October 29, 2018 at The Cutting Room (44 East 32ndStreet – between Park and Madison Avenues).

The festivities will begin at 6:30pm with an open bar with passed hors d’oeuvres & dessert, followed by the Leyton Award presentation, Honoree presentation, performance excerpts from Houses on the Moon productions that will included musical numbers from: “Freedom” from Gun & Powder, book and lyrics by Angelica Cherie, and music by Ross Baum, performed by Liisi LaFontaine accompanied by Ross Baum; “Let Me Belong” form TRIAL, book by Michael Ogborn & Warren Adams, music & lyrics by Michael Ogborn, performed by Charl Brown and Brandon Victor Dixon, with Marcus Choi and Derrick Williams accompanied by Joseph Joubert; and “Onward Beyond” from SHE, book by Warren Adams & Georgia Stitt, music & lyrics by Georgia Stitt, performed by Mariand Torres accompanied by Georgia Stitt.

To support the organization or to purchase tickets to the event, click here.

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